Understand The Athletic Recruiting Funnel and Use It to Get More Scholarship Offers

Every college coach uses a recruiting funnel to help them identify, select and ultimately make offers to high school athletes they want on their team. The funnel is nothing more than a way for a coach to logically sort through hundreds or thousands of prospective student athletes and ultimately make an offer to a select handful. College recruiting is a game of big numbers. Coaches who have successful programs year after year work big numbers from several graduating classes simultaneously. They are constantly sifting through seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshman with an eye to the future. Also, they make offers to juniors, sophomores and freshmen when they feel they have the right athlete; and they use the funnel to help them.

It is imperative for athletes who want to play sports in college and get a scholarship to understand the recruiting funnel, how it works and where they are in the funnel at any given time. In order to get a scholarship offer, a prospective student athlete must successfully pass through the seven steps of the recruiting funnel. The process can stop any point in time and the athlete would be unaware of the change. Also, the process can stop and re-start months later and the athlete would miss this important signal from a coach.

Step number 1 and the single most important factor in college recruiting is to get coaches to know about you. In other words you must get into the top of the recruiting funnel. For example, there are more than 1 million high school football players competing for 20,000+/- freshman roster spots. Also, there are approximately 800 college football programs (head coaches) sifting through this army of players. Your goal is to separate yourself from the pack of 1 million players and get the 800 football coaches to know about you, your academics, athletics and things that make you different and better than the next player.

The process holds true for all NCAA sports for men and women. The numbers may be different but the challenge is the same – GET NOTICED.

Most athletes take the following approach:

They wait until they are seniors to get started.
They wait for the high school coach to lead the way.
They wait for a college coach to pick up the local newspaper and find them.
They hope a coach finds them on a free website.
They think that by joining a club team they will be noticed.

Most of these athletes go un-noticed, or by time they are noticed the roster spots are gone, they don’t get recruited and don’t play ball beyond high school. Some are a bit more fortunate and they get an offer to play. But by time they are noticed the scholarship money is gone and they have to decide between paying full tuition and playing, or finding a less expensive school and forgo playing ball.

The best way to get into the top of the recruiting funnel is to have a marketing plan in place. Reach out and contact all schools where you have a reasonable chance to compete academically and athletically. Contact more than the dozen schools near your home or the top 50 teams you see on TV.

Use all the tools possible in your quest to be noticed:

US Mail
Video Streaming
Phone Calls
Letters of Recommendation
Unofficial Visits
Campus Tours
Ongoing Updates
Second Follow-Ups
Third Follow-Ups

5 Life Lessons From the Late Great Stuart Scott

I grew up watching ESPN Sportscenter. I remember the very first episode with Chris Berman back in the early 1980’s. Little did we know at that time, but significant history was being made right before our eyes. ESPN was a much needed network for us sports lovers.

Speaking of history and greatness, Stuart Scott, the sportscenter anchor for many years, who died recently from cancer, is remembered. I never met Stuart personally but feel as if I do know him after watching him broadcast for all those years. Some of the lessons Stuart taught us and stood for, outlined below, we should take to heart and practice daily.

1. Stuart had a dream.

I believe Stuart had a dream to make an impact on the world. The size of his dream, in my opinion, was equal to some the greats of the past. Not just in the field of broadcasting, like Howard Cosell (one of my all-time favorites), but in every area of life.

One of the greats Stuart reminded me of include Jackie Robinson, a true sports pioneer. Can you imagine being Jackie Robinson back in the racists days? I suggest you watch the movie ’42’ if you haven’t already. Other greats Stuart reminded me of include Walter Peyton (Chicago Bears hall of famer), Martin Luther King (the great “I have a dream speech”), President John F. Kennedy (a true sports enthusiast), Jimmy Valvano (late N.C. State head basketball coach).

2. Stuart had a plan.

Stuart graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication. Scott cut his teeth on the local North Carolina and Florida sportscasting scene for approximately 5 years before joining ESPN in 1983. Once that marriage occurred, history was in the making. Stuart’s plan was, in my opinion, to not only deliver the sports news in his famous hip-hop style, but to help improve the lives of all those around him.

3. Stuart had a mission.

I believe Stuart’s quest in life was not just to be a world-renown sportscaster, but to have a positive affect on other peoples lives around the world. ESPN was the perfect vehicle. With his charismatic sportscasting personality, he coined multiple catchphrases that appealed to the younger audience. His mission, in my opinion, was to use communication in a way that showed a caring, loving, fun, trendy approach in bringing the world together, regardless of race, color or national origin.

4. Stuart believed in himself.

With all the hate mail pouring in from all over the world about this brash, new hip-hop sportscaster, (who happened to finish first in the USA Today 2003 poll of which sportscaster would you vote off ESPN), Stuart never lost sight of who he was. Scott never changed his style and ESPN stuck with him.

Factors To Consider When Buying Softguns

Are you wondering which factors you should consider when buying airsoft guns? Lucky you. Here they are:

The game that you want to play

There are many airsoft games that you can play and you should buy a gun that is ideal for the game that you want to play. If you are planning of using your gun for target practice or gameplay you should go for the gearbox starter.

If you are planning of playing on the field against experienced players you should go for a metal gearbox gun. If you want to play at close quarters combat (CQB) field you should go for a gun that will allow you to shoot very fast.


I bet you wouldn’t want an uncomfortable gun, right? While metal guns are durable and have a very realistic look and feel, they are heavy thus can cause fatigue if you carry them for a long time. Guns with plastic bodies on the other hand are lightweight thus cause less fatigue. The main flaw with them is that they have an unrealistic look and feel.

As rule of thumb you should go with a gun that you are comfortable with.


It’s common for the gun to break down and you wouldn’t want to go through the trouble of going from one store to store looking for spare parts.

To avoid the trouble you should buy the guns that are common. Some of the most common guns that you should consider buying are: M4, M16, AK47, R36, and MK36.

In addition to being able to easily find spare parts, you will also be able to easily find upgrades. It will also be easy for you to find extra magazines and batteries when you buy these guns.

How to be safe when using softguns

One of the things you need to do is to ensure that you are well protected when using the guns. The most important parts of your body that you should protect are your eyes. As rule of thumb you should wear eye goggles that are rated at least ANSI Z87.1 or paintball goggles.

Another thing you need to do is to ensure that you carry the gun properly when transporting it. To be safe you should ensure that you carry the gun in a gun case.